- Midwife when told the mother gets tense during pelvic exams.
“By the way, happy birthday for tomorrow”
- OB/Gyn in the middle of a pap smear, with the speculum still inserted.
“This is the last time we are going to check you. If you haven’t progressed, you are going to get a cesarean section. I think the baby is too big for you.”
- OB to a mother who had been in labor for 18 hours. When the OB conducted the exam, the baby was found to be crowning.
Mother: “I wanted to see if this was normal. There is a lot of pressure on my cervix, more than I’ve ever felt and the baby likes to sleep down there. It’s enough so that I feel like I have to go to the bathroom. Nothing comes out, though. When I wipe it feels like my vagina is bulging out… I know they say pressure is normal but, is this much normal?”
OB: “I don’t know, just lay down and see if it goes away.”
OB on a phone call with first time mother with a high risk pregnancy.
“I had to check your cervix during the contraction.” – Midwife when confronted about continuing a vaginal exam when the mother was asking her to stop.
“I will take a bite out of 3:00. How many bites did I get last time?” - OB/Gyn to woman during a cervical punch biopsy.
“I’m not responsible for your transport! You are because you agreed to go!” – Midwife to mother who agreed to transport at the insistence of the midwife, who tore the cervix while reducing a cervical lip.
“You can’t have the baby yet. I don’t know how dilated you are.” – Midwife to mother who stated the baby was coming.
“I can’t do this, you’re too small and tight, come in after you lose your virginity.” – OB/Gyn to a lesbian woman at her first pap. The woman was not also not a virgin.